Who is Filip Helander?
Filip Helander is a Swedish central defender who plays for Scottish Premiership giants Rangers and the Swedish national team.
He made his Allsvenskan debut in a match versus Syrianska on 17 October 2011.
The centre-back played the first games beside Pontus Jansson at the back before being replaced by now-former Malmo star Daniel Andersson after the second round of matches.
In the summer of 2012, Helander signed the first-team deal with Malmo until the end of the 2015 campaign.
When Daniel played less and less after the summer break, Filip established himself in the starting XI and finished the season as a regular first-team player in the defence.
Helander played a total of 12 top-flight matches for the side during the 2012 season.
The league title-winning 2013 campaign proved to be the real breakthrough season for him as he played 18 matches for the club.
Filip was injured in the early stages of the campaign and was replaced in the first XI by Erik Johansson but later reclaimed the spot in the second part of the season.
For the 2014 season, the defender played regularly throughout the entire term as the club once again lifted the league trophy and qualified for the group stage of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League.
For his showings in the league, the Scandinavian was nominated for the award of Allsvenskan defender of the year.
In 2015, Helander joined Hellas Verona in the Serie A, but one year later, he signed for Bologna on a one-year loan deal, with an obligation to sign outright at the end of the season.
As part of the deal, Nicolo Cherubin switched to Verona. in 2017, Helander joined the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium outfit on a definitive basis.
Helander was announced as a new acquisition for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in the Scottish Premiership in the summer of 2019.
What style of play does Filip Helander has?
The Swedish could be considered as “old school centre-half”. Pundits in Italy criticised Helander’s weakness on the ball and errors that led to goals.
Man-marking is where Filip excels, but his desire to go charging about the pitch could have risky outcomes if his teammates are not switched on.
The defender’s positional sense is great, he breaks up play successfully, intercepts passes and can tackle effectively, and he’ll readily place himself in front of a goal-bound attempt to clear the danger.
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